DOVER COMMUNITY TRAIL:
DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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Last Updated: July 13, 2020
Length: Dover Community Trail; 3.7 miles (4.1 miles by end of 2020) including 0.5 mile on-road section.
Dover Community Trail: NW Section; 2.5 miles
Dover Community Trail: Town Section; 0.7 miles (another 0.4 miles by the end of 2020)
Difficulty: Dover Community Trail: NW Section; Moderate. Hard packed dirt & grass rail trail.
Dover Community Trail: Town Section; Easy. Hilly paved rail trail in town.
To Start from the Watson Road parking lot (Northwestern End); From Route 16 take exit 9 to Indian Brook Dr west (left). Turn right on 6th St and travel 0.8 miles. Turn left down Country Farm Rd. Take your first left on Watson Rd. Dirt parking lot will be on your left.
To Start from the Dover Transportation Center parking lot (Town Section); From Route 16 take exit 8E to Route 9 and head right. Follow Route 9 into Dover. Turn left on 2nd St. Cross Chestnut St into the Dover Transportation Center. The trailhead is located at the rear of the parking lot.
The Dover Community Trail is comprised of two sections. The NW Section is more isolated and follows an old rail bed along the north side of the Cocheco River. The Town Section travels south from the Dover Transportation Center along an old rail bed. On-road route connects the two sections.
Starting from Watson Road parking lot; The hard packed dirt & grass Dover Community Trail; NW Section travels southeast into the woods paralleling the Cocheco River along your right. I haven't checked out this section. A tunnel takes you underneath Route 16, check out the great murals and brings you to Whittier Falls Way (residential) after 1.7 miles. Follow this road out to Whittier St and travel right a short distance. Across the road the trail continues. Use Caution crossing road. I believe this is also a hard packed dirt & grass trail. Not sure how much of this next section follows the old rail bed. Travel past the Dover Community Garden and come back along the river at 2 miles. You'll pass by the Beckwith Ball fields and come to 4th St after 2.5 miles.
Note; The trailhead at this location is scheduled to be upgraded and is slated to be done by the end of 2020. Also, signage is planned to guide users between 4th St and the Transportation Center Trailhead.
On-road route to the Dover Transportation Center Trailhead; Turn left (east) along 4th St (sidewalk available) to Chestnut St and head right (wide shoulder). Turn right into the Dover Transportation Center and travel to the back left corner where the trail continues after 0.5 miles.
Starting from the Dover Transportation Center parking lot; Map board. The wide paved Dover Community Trail; Town Section heads south downhill into the woods and quickly crosses a bridge over the Cocheco River. Look back right to spot an active RR bridge crossing the river. Use Caution crossing Washington St at 0.2 miles. You now follow a residential corridor. Continue straight along Scenic Dr where the trail continues. Same after crossing Folsom St. The trail is now sunken and travels through a tunnel underneath Silver St. The trail currently ends after 0.7 miles at Fisher St.
Note; The trail is under construction south 0.4 miles to Central Ave and is slated to be done by the end of 2020.
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